Have your say on access to GP appointments

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The NHS are launching a new survey this week to collect views from patients about the new improving access to GP service.  There is a short online survey that can be easily shared and they are working with practices, PPGs, STP partners, etc. to share this.  They will also share paper copies of the survey on request too.

 Have your say on access to GP appointments

The NHS are keen to seek the views of local people in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay about how we can further improve access to GP appointments. Since the improving access to general practice service was launched in October 2018, they are now keen to find out people’s views on these hours and if they are in the most appropriate locations.

They have prepared a short and confidential survey to gather views that will take no more than 5 minutes to complete.  It will give patients the opportunity to tell them about when they would like to be able to access GP appointments and where they would be willing to travel to access them.

In some areas of Devon, the NHS will be working with Patient Participation Groups to collect views from people face to face while they visit their practice. The survey closes on 28 February.

If you would like printed copies of the survey sent to you, please contact susan.pearce11@nhs.net with details about how many you want and who you would like them posted to.

Bob Jope Healthwatch Torbay

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!